Crime Branch Advisory
The Nigerian Scam
Juhu police arrest 5 Nigerians
06 March 2007
Mumbai: Juhu police arrested five
Nigerian nationals for their alleged involvement in an inter-state
The arrested have been identified
as Vinset Mezek (26), Ogobol Tony (25), Kovhni Okosav (35), Charles
Niogo (21) and Odirom Babatude (26). One person named Terri, who
is a wanted in the case, is at large, say police.
According to the police, the accused
used to sent mails to people about vacancies in hotels outside India.
If anyone responded, they would ask him to deposit money in their
bank accounts in Mumbai. However, once they received the money,
they would never contact the person. Although the accused have admitted
to have duped only one person of Rs 1.2 lakh, the police say that
they may have cheated many more in Mumbai and in other cities.
The whole matter came to light after
Prabhat Singh, a resident of Orrisa, lodged a complaint with the
Juhu police. Singh had paid Rs 1.2 lakh to an unidentified person
for a job in the UK. He was never contacted after that.
“During our course of investigation,
we tracked the account numbers where the money was deposited. We
also tracked down the e-mail ID and the mobile numbers from which
the mails and messages were sent,” said PD Shinde, senior
police inspector at Juhu police station.